The family of Salvatore Licitra have said they wish his organs to be used to help others.
The body will be laid out on the stage of Teatro Vincenzo Bellini in Catania for mourners to visit and pay their last respects.
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano') about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman's Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia' column for Dancing Times magazine.